I will never forget the first time I heard Erwin McManus speak and he told a story about his son being scared one night when he went to bed. I think he was afraid of something in his room and he asked his dad if he would pray that God would take away the fear or the thing that was causing it. Erwin said something like, "No, but I'll pray that God gives you courage and power through Him to overcome and destroy it." I love the incredibly powerful perspective he taught his son in that moment.
We are already victorious in Christ, yet are often tempted to live in fear or believe that we can be defeated at times. We ask that anything that could cause us fear be taken away, rather than claiming Christ to conquer it. As Easter approaches, I encourage you to cling more than ever to the redeeming power of Christ and his resurrection, pray in the great name of Jesus, and believe in his power with a courageous boldness. Pray specific scriptures out loud for your life and your family, believing that God is who He says He is, and He will do what he says He will do.
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11